DA criticises ban on school trips in KZN

2012-09-17 21:07

Johannesburg - The DA in KwaZulu-Natal has criticised education MEC Senzo Mchunu for banning school outings in the province after a spate of fatal accidents involving pupils.

"Mchunu's edict to immediately ban all school excursions in the province is a cry from a man desperate in the face of a department unwilling or unable to take responsible action at their level of authority," KwaZulu-Natal Democratic Alliance MPP Tom Stokes said on Monday.

On Sunday, Mchunu said all school trips in the province were banned for the rest of the year.

He was addressing the families of 10 school children killed in Bergville on Saturday night.

Provincial education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said, in the past two months more than 30 pupils had been killed on the roads while on school trips.

"All schools wanting to go on any trip should apply to the head of department and the application will be reviewed under strict conditions," he said.

"The MEC cannot fold his arms, even if it means he takes drastic steps that will be challenged."

He said the department had banned all trips, including sport and matric dances.

Safety policy

Stokes said instead of banning school trips, principals should submit a safety and excursions policy to the education department.

This should determine which schools were competent to take pupils on trips.

Stokes said banning school excursions was not practical or legal, as there were many people who relied on the trips for their livelihood, including transport companies, school tour operators, and events centres.

"Perhaps more disruptive is the effect this ban will have on the thousands of sports fixtures and cultural events that take place every weekend across the province," said Stokes.

"For many schools these programmes form an integral part of their curriculum and would have incurred the cost already."

He said it was a principal's responsibility to ensure every vehicle used for transporting pupils was roadworthy and not overloaded.

  • thandazab - 2012-09-17 21:20

    I have just deposited over R13 000 to a hotel in dbn for my moms matric class. They are supposed to go on the 28th n that money is non refundable, so what I wud love to ask the MEC if I cud is, is he going to refund the learners their money? They've been looking forward to this trip since the beginning of the year. Its just not fair!!

      DerpyHooves - 2012-09-17 22:28

      I sure hope your mom isn't an English teacher, else I fear for the poor matrics.

      thandazab - 2012-09-18 06:43

      Derby u r an arse!!! I never swear at ppl except for u coz u r an arse!! Unlike u m nt using my expensive laptop bt my cell n m nt gona write full worse just to plz yo superior ass! Got it. Now get out of my comment if u dnt like it. This is not an english grammar n spelling site!

      juannepierre - 2012-09-18 07:05

      @thandazab snap! I picked up what you were putting down... He is an ass.

      DerpyHooves - 2012-09-18 10:29

      Sorry, I didn't know you were dyslexic (confusing p with b). Anyway, if this is how you react to my comment, with full on rage, then you are only hurting your own viewpoint. As for the whole 'not an English grammar n spelling site' the demography of this site is slightly older, of you want to leave comments like that, do it on mxit.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-09-18 12:07

      This is only done to ensure the year end’s road safety statistics are kept at a minimum in order for our government to say: “We have done a lot to ensure motororists’ safety this past year.” I AM SURE YOU DID, YOU BANNED THEM FROM DRIVING!!!

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-09-17 21:25

    The next thing we will learn is that thunder storms will be banned since the KZN gov does not know what causes death by lightning strike.

  • zeepolar - 2012-09-17 21:35

    why ban school trips?? those were one of the best days when i was at school. come on, mr mchunu. i bet u didnt relly think hard about this one. sit down and plan properly and come up with a solution. next thing u will ban city and school commuters coz they carry transport students on a daily basis there.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-17 23:35

      This is the product of a collective application of minds. I believe that is secret code for "thinking". Ergo, there isn't one viable brain cell between the lot of them

  • lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-17 21:40

    Yet another monumental failure by govt - lousy drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, potholes masquerading as roads. But no, instead of addressing the causes, they yet again attack the symptom. So how long before everyone else is forbidden to travel? As much as the children are not safe, neither are the rest of us. Unless you have a blue light, that is.

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-09-17 21:42

    Another embarassing decision by the ruling party that will come back and haunt them.

      lacrimosewolf - 2012-09-17 21:45

      Nothing haunts them. Embarrassment is an alien concept. There's always Apartheid, The British, Liberals(!) etc to blame. Citizens have to take them to court just to do the simplest things they were hired to do. And even then, they just ignore the court orders

  • fyrguy65 - 2012-09-17 22:24

    Another epic ANC fail... knee jerk reaction that creates more issues than it many children use this type of transport everyday to get to school ??? are we now going to close the schools ??? Well done Senzo... you get Chop of the Week Award!!!!

  • DerpyHooves - 2012-09-17 22:34

    While we're at it, let's ban all cars for causing accidents, ban food for causing asphyxiation, ban breathing because it causes mitosis, leading to division of mitochondria, causing free radicals to form, damaging the DNA and potentially causing cancer in 50 years.

      mmargot1 - 2012-09-18 10:01

      Don't forget 'smoking' that is totally illegal!!! I'm a smoker!!

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-17 22:44

    Let's ban stupid politicians.

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2012-09-18 05:09

    Ahhh another political knee-jerk reaction. Don't address the cause, just react. No wonder he is so good with the toyi-toyi. It is to practice more knee jerk reactions.

  • jillgabrielahenning - 2012-09-18 06:35

    I believe they are now saying the trips are allowed if indemnity forms have been signed for each pupil. The ban is on trips without authority

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-09-18 06:46

    They should ban taxi's too then! Look how many people are killed because of them

  • mbulelo.somzana - 2012-09-18 09:12

    a very unwise move by MEC,Senzo Mchunu making his own laws,you don't solve problems by creating another chaos.The problem in SA is the lack of road policing and corrupt traffic cops.

  • neil.ross.5473 - 2012-09-18 10:01

    So senzless mchunu has banned school trips after 30 kids were tragically killed on our roads within weeks. OK senzless, now please ban all commutes to work in taxis as soon as more than 30 commuters are killed within weeks using taxis. See the sense, senzless? School trips don't cause accidents. Bad driving, bad vehicles and bad contracts given through bad tenders by bad politicians like you cause accidents.

  • candiese.marnewick - 2012-09-18 12:54

    Received a notice stating just this from my daughter's school this morning. Very saddening, I loved these trips as a child and my daughter has been looking so forward to her one next term. Sad times indeed...why doesn't he try and do something for the kids who take their lives into their hands everyday getting into taxi's to come to school!

  • khaya.mteshane - 2012-09-18 15:51

    I wonder whether DA would have said the same if it was white kids who died. Its sad that our leaders all they do best is critisism than solutions.As long AS our leaders whether ANC or DA have this childish mentality, we will get no where.I pray for a day where our leaders whether white or black, will work together than destroying together.

      sueffun - 2012-09-18 21:47

      Its got nothing to do what colour the children were, its the fact that the Minister made a decision without thinking it through. He says all school trips are banned until the end of the year, then what, its Ok again. I don't think so. He also said it was alright for these children to be transported to school in the same vehicles that are being used for the school trips. That is totally illogical. Please don't pull the race card, its getting tiresome.

  • terry.burne - 2012-09-18 19:52

    Since the accident was caused by a stray cow on the road - why don't we rather ban cows!

      terry.burne - 2012-09-18 19:54

      Seriously - the problem is not field trips, it is unsafe conditions on the road (e.g. a cow on the road, potholes, etc.) - Fix the cause, not the symptom!!!!

  • gaeleen - 2012-09-19 11:20

    damned if they do and damned if they don't. Amazing though DA will be anti every move another party makes

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